LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – The Arkansas Supreme Court ruled that two proposed amendments will not be removed from the general election ballot next month, upholding a lower court’s decision to dismiss the case against the secretary of state.
Tom Steele, chairman of the Arkansas Term Limits committee, filed the lawsuit against Republican Secretary of State John Thurston in an effort to remove two separate ballot measures.
Steele argued that the ballot titles are misleading, insufficient and fail to inform voters of their specific proposals and, as a result, the substantial changes made by the two amendments constitute manifest fraud. Last month, Pulaski County Circuit Court dismissed the lawsuit, and Steele appealed that decision to the state Supreme Court, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reported.
The high court ruled Thursday that Steele’s appeal did not overcome the ”‘enormous hurdle’ of the manifest fraud standard,” the court said.
“Thus, viewing the facts in the complaint in the light most favorable to Steele,